(MOVIE REVIEW/WILDLIFE) Disneynature struck gold with the documentary, Chimpanzee, back in 2012. Their latest project, Bears, continues to display the same charm that makes Disney movies so great.

Disneynature Bears is narrated by John C. Reilly and includes a song by Disney's Olivia Holt.
Bears opens in theaters on April 18. Photo Credit: Bears

Centering around a female grizzly, Sky, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, Bears does an incredible job showing the struggles these animals face during their first year of life.

Irreplaceable in his role, Oscar nominee John C. Reilly captures the spirit of the film through his narration, and perfectly expresses the film’s lighthearted moments, as well as its more dramatic scenes.

In addition to Reilly, Bears employs actress and singer, Olivia Holt, who performs “Carry On,” at the end of the film, a song written specifically for the documentary.

The film’s strongest points involve the amazing and adorable events captured on film. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey document the lives of Sky and her cubs up close and personal, without letting the filmmakers’ presence interfere.

The directors focus heavily on the impressive landscape that the grizzlies call home, showing both the incredible beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and the hardships the bears’ must face in their environment.

As Sky teaches her cubs the way of the bear world, you really feel for the animals. The struggles Sky and her cubs face to survive for just six months out of the year are particularly eye-opening.

Bears is as enlightening as it is entertaining, and families shouldn’t be afraid to spend their time with these amazing grizzlies.

Disneynature Bears is narrated by John C. Reilly and includes a song by Disney's Olivia Holt.
Sky relaxes with her cubs Scout and Amber on their long journey after hibernation. Photo Credit: Bears

We were lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with Olivia Holt and discuss why she was so adamant about doing the movie’s signature song, “Carry On.”

Holt realized she wanted to do the song when she first heard it, telling producer John Shanks, who’s worked with everyone from Bon Jovi to the Backstreet Boys, about her desire to make sure the song was as powerful as possible. After Holt saw Bears she knew participating in the documentary was the right decision.

“Carry On” not only puts forth the healthy message of moving forward, but Holt believes it really captures the “struggles and heart” of the film, making it an appropriate cap on the grizzlies’ journey.

In addition to Holt’s involvement with Bears, she has something else in common with the grizzles in the film. Holt is the proud companion of two Yorkies, Scout and Diesel, with the former sharing the same name as one of Sky’s grizzly cubs.

Bears comes to theaters on April 18 in honor of Earth Day, and runs just under 90 minute. Disney once again brings the spirit it’s known for; so don’t miss this one if you’re looking for something fun and informative.

See Bears opening week and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to help protect our national parks. Visit the film’s website for more information.

Don’t forget to watch the trailer below:

— Anthony Armentano, exclusive to Global Animal

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